Project Timeline

December 2018


Incorporation of Three Nations Energy GP Inc and establishment of Three Nations Energy Limited Partnership.


February 2019

Community Celebration Event

  • Community holds an event to celebrate the launch of the joint project.
  • Official signing between Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), Mikisew Cree First Nation (MCFN) and Fort Chipewyan Métis Nation to form Three Nations Energy GP Inc.
  • Government of Alberta announces project funding through the Climate Leadership Plan and the Alberta Indigenous Climate Leadership Program

April 2019

Environmental Assessment Starts

The environmental assessment is a key step to ensure there is minimal impact to the environment and community.

August 2019

Phase 1 solar

The 600 kW Phase I solar project is operational and producing enough power for 75 homes.

NRCAN News Release

  • Phase I is complete
  • 400 kW phase I solar project is operational and producing power with enough power for 75 homes

January 2020

3NE Receives Regulatory Approval

3NE receives regulatory approvals from the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to construct and operate phase 2 of the solar farm.

February 2020

Site Clearing

Site clearing for phase 2 begins, which involves removing trees and small shrubs.

Material Shipment

  • With the increase in the load limit for winter road, materials for the 3NE solar farm are shipped into the Fort Chipewyan community
  • Ten truckloads of solar panels, ten truckloads of racking and screw piles for the foundations and two control buildings that will house the inverters and electronics for the farm are transported on the winter road
  • ATCO is also bringing in their own materials for the batteries and controls for their plants which will allow them to receive power; this power will be incorporated into the electrical grid.

April 2020


Construction will consist of putting screw piles in the ground and erecting the frames and racking that the solar panels will sit on.

Once this is complete, the solar panels can be mounted onto the racking.

September 2020

Testing and Startup

Once all of the infrastructure is in place, wiring of the solar farm can occur.

November 2020

Solar Farm Online

Upon completion of testing and startup, the solar farm will begin delivering power to the community, offsetting 25% of the community’s electricity needs from diesel power generation.

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